About the Course

Roots of Herbalism explores the philosophies of ecological Herbalism, the practices of herbal nutrition, and the foundations of holistic health.  Students learn to make their own herbal preparations, including tisanes and tinctures, to apply the knowledge they learn about the plants.  Students learn 20 herbs and their uses, and receive plant material to research at home.

Roots of Herbalism is offered as a live course in Orlando and Tallahassee through the Florida School of Holistic Living.  The next sessions will be offered in Tallahassee June 10-11 2017, or in Orlando March 25-26 2017, or July 1-2 2017, or August 19-20 2017.


Roots of Herbalism is also offered as a home study course to empower yourself from your own kitchen table. The correspondence course includes a two-part full-length dvd, course booklet, herbal samples, and assignment feedback. (Register here for our Home Study curriculum.)

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Through this course, you will –

~ Discover your relationship to plants and the environment, and its impact on your personal health

~ Explore the theory, philosophy, and history of ecological herbalism and ethnobotany

~ Understand the role of the nervous system and emotional, mental, and spiritual health in our physical wellbeing

~ Learn techniques to integrate herbal wellness into a daily lifestyle practice

~ Discuss important foundational nutritional principles to nourish your body’s own healing capacity

~ Learn the botanical classification, parts used, and prominent medicinal uses of over 20 herbs from Native American and Western Materia Medica, to begin building your knowledge of herbs


~ Explore how to make your own herbal preparations to apply your herbal knowledge through practical application, including tisanes, tinctures, infused oils, and topical applications

~ Learn how to integrate these ancient teachings into our modern day world


Roots of Herbalism is intended as a comprehensive introduction to the art of herbal healing for those who wish to help themselves and their families achieve radiant wellbeing through natural health.

It is a practical course well-suited for laypeople and health professionals alike.  Both those with no herbal experience, and those with years of self-study and practice, will gain insight from this program.



The course seeks to marry ancient traditions with the scientific context of our modern world. Our goal is to reclaim our herbal heritage and empower students to apply these teachings for optimum wellbeing in balance with today’s society. We focus our study on plants which are common in the Native North American and Western European traditions, which grow commonly in the wild or can be easily cultivated.





The recommended textbook for the course, Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, is included in course tuition.

This course offers 12 Continuing Education units for Nurses, Midwives, Dietitians, Massage Therapists, and Acupuncturists within the State of Florida for an additional $15 processing fee.